Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed satisfaction that some of the world's leading manufacturers have expressed their keen interest to provide Converter Stations for CASA-1000. He pointed out that tenders for transmission lines from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan and from Tajikistan to Afghanistan have been floated and are currently being evaluated. Nawaz Sharif described CASA-1000 as a flagship project in the region connecting Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to Afghanistan and Pakistan in South Asia through an electricity grid. He said on its completion, Pakistan will get 1,000 MW and Afghanistan 300 MW electricity in summer time, from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The Prime Minister said the project is an important step toward realization of the planned Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market. It will be a good example of promoting cooperation between energy-deficient South Asia and energy-rich Central Asia. The Prime Minister along with the Presidents of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the Prrime Minister of Kyrgyzstan viewed Agri products in the exhibition. Different stalls of fruits and agriculture items were exhibited to promote Tajik agri products. The Prime Minister praised the quality of local grown fruits. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon along with other leaders also visited different parts of the Pugus palace. A trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will also be held to discuss regional security and other issues of mutual understanding.

Host: Ahsan Basheer

Co-host: Ghina Mehar

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Mirza Ikhtiyar Baig (Economist):

It is the proven fact that the next era is of the economic development. The Central Asian countries are rich in natural resources and Pakistan can give the access to its ports to improve its trade relations with these land-locked countries. It is 4th visit of PM to Tajikistan and leaders of both the countries have agreed to increase the trade volume with each other. Tajikistan is about 36kms away from Gilgit-Baltistan. National Bank of Pakistan already has its branch in Dushanbe and it is operational. Tajikistan could support Pakistan in agriculture and power sector to a great extent.

Pakistan rules out organized presence of any terror outfit- allegations about presence of Haqqani network are rhetoric- FO

Foreign Office has emphatically stated that there is no organized presence of any terror outfit including TTP, Jamaat-ul Ahrar, Daesh and Al-Qaeda on Pakistani land. Nafees Zakaria  said the allegations about presence of Haqqani network in tribal areas are mere rhetoric. This is only aimed at putting the blame of its own failures on Pakistan. The killing of a number of commanders of Haqqani network in Afghanistan clearly indicate that the group is based in Afghanistan and not operating from Pakistan. Pakistan believes in an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process. Peace and stability in Afghanistan has direct bearing on peace and stability in Pakistan. Pakistan welcomes Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei's recent statement in which he urged the Muslims worldwide to support the oppressed people of Kashmir.

Analyst on Telephone:

Lt Gen (Retd) Raza Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst):

It is a positive gesture that foreign office is issuing timely statements to defend the conspiracies against our country. Pakistani forces have successfully destroyed the hideouts of TTP and other militant groups in Pakistan. As far as Haqqani group is concerned it is based in Afghanistan and Pakistan has strong evidences of it. It is also a positive development that Iranian Supreme Leader has urged the Muslim Ummah to support the oppressed Kashmiris. Muslim countries should strive for the peaceful solution to Kashmir dispute.

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